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NAAB Information

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) states that:

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program expects to achieve initial accreditation within six years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented.

In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.

The University of Maine at Augusta, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Architecture was granted candidacy for the following professional degree program in architecture:

Bachelor of Architecture (150 Undergraduate Credits)2013

Initial Candidacy Granted: 2013
Next visit for continuation of candiday: fall 2017
Projected year of initial accreditation: 2018


Accreditation Reports and Responses

2015 Letter of Continuation of Candidacy

2015 Continuation of Candidacy Visiting Team Report

2015 UMA Architecture Continuation of Candidacy Report


2013 Letter of Initial Candidacy 

2013 Initial Candidacy Visiting Team Report

2013 UMA Architecture Initial Candidacy Report


2016 Architecture Statistical Report

2015 Architecture Statistical Report

2014 Architecture Statistical Report

2013 Architecture Statistical Report


National Architectural Accrediting Board Documents:

2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation

2015 NAAB Procedures for Accreditation


Career Development Information:

The NCARB Handbook for Interns and Architects

Toward and Evolution of Studio Culture

The Emerging Professional’s Companion (

Architect Registration Examination (ARE) pass rates (

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